Box of History in my garage

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  1. PastorJay

    PastorJay Friend of Leo's

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    We've been cleaning out my garage, including boxes of who knows what that came out of my dad's basement when he died.

    Today we found a box of letters written by his older brother (my uncle), an Army pilot who served in both the Pacific and Europe, and died when his plane went down over France not long before D-Day.

    One of my uncle's friends told me he was Chuck Yeager's flight instructor. I've seen records showing he was Yeager's commanding officer when they were stationed in England.

    I'm wondering whether it's worth going through these 4 years of letters to see if he mentions Yeager. Or if I should just send them to a military historian who's written about my uncle's squadron.

    Either way, this is a really cool find!
     
  2. String Tree

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    I doubt that it will bring much in the way of value.

    IMHO you should give them to a Historian.
    Those guys didn't give their Lives so that we could sell their Letters to the Highest Bidder.
     
  3. PastorJay

    PastorJay Friend of Leo's

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    I didn't mention selling it. I'm curious. Why do you think I have a profit motive?
     
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    My Bad.
    I read your Post incorrectly.

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  5. PastorJay

    PastorJay Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks.
     
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    PastorJay Friend of Leo's

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    I still sometimes cry when I think about the uncle I never met, who was part of my motivation for wanting to enlist right out of high school.

    My mother told me, I think correctly, that after losing my dad's brother in the war, my grandmother would cry every day until my discharge.

    Talk about guilt!

    On the other hand, I would have been a horrible soldier. I have great love and admiration for people who serve. But I'm glad she talked me out of it.
     
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    If you know a military historian who’s written about the squadron, definitely pass them along. Their eyes will spot interesting stuff faster and better than yours. Of course, if it were me, I’d read through ‘em all myself anyway.

    Cool find.
     
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    I have a number of my father’s documents from the 96th bomber group, WWII. Years back when he passed away I was talking to someone at the bomb group to tell them he didn’t need his membership continued and the contact said his material would be valued by them, not monetarily but historically. I still have ‘em and will try to get in touch with them soon to pass them on, as I’m moving and have just too much stuff.

    I’d guess a Goggle search on the subject of Yeager might provide some leads? I do miss talking to my father and all of his WWII veteran friends. It used to be so common to me, and now it’s gone.
     
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    I'm sure there'll be some very interesting 'snapshot' reading in that box, Pastor.
    My sister's been researching our family tree and recently managed to get copies of my late father's army records. One of the entries noted that he'd been on a disciplinary charge for damage to army property, namely socks and a shirt. Pretty serious stuff, I'd like to have known what that was all about. :)
     
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    Lowerleftcoast Friend of Leo's

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    Perhaps some of that info would make for a more accurate account of the squadrons activities.

    The historical writers don't always get it right. My father was more than a little upset when he read an account of the ship he was on. The writer said the escort carrier Petrof Bay turned in retreat during the Battle of Leyte. The truth is they were turning the aft toward the enemy. The escort carriers 5" gun was mounted on the stern. The other guns on board were relatively small anti aircraft guns. The four escort carriers in the task force endured the first Kamikaze attacks of the war in that battle. Two of the carriers were hit by Kamikaze planes.
     
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    Wonderful find!

    If they're dated, I'd be tempted to arrange them chronologically and read them as a narrative. Perhaps scan them too, so that a record stays within the family before donating them to an historian, or to the squadron (or it's successor)?
     
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